Around the Book Blogosphere #15 — Book Slumps, Pet Peeves, and Characters that Need Their Own Book

Around the Book Blogosphere #15 — Book Slumps, Pet Peeves, and Characters that Need Their Own Book

“Around the Book Blogosphere” is a feature to share posts from other book blogs or other book-related websites that I have enjoyed reading.  Book blogging is all about sharing the love, right?

The Dreaded Reading Slump!

So you’ve read a few books lately and haven’t really loved them, some of them you have even hated.  The ladies of Lost in Literature wrote this awesome post about their own struggles and proffered some solutions complete with GIFs!!


…and it looks like Starry-Eyed Revue has some struggles too.

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Characters I would name my children after!

This post from Addicted2Heroines was so much fun! I have already decided what I’m going to name my first girl.  She’s going to be named Emilia after the heroine in The Sea of Tranquility.

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The Premature Connoisseur Vol. 1

My Book Muse unveiled a new fun feature this past week called The Premature Connoisseur.  “feature to spotlight and get the word out about books [she’s] read that are more than a month away from release.”  One of the books she chose was Bad Romeo. I’m excited to read that one!

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Characters that need their own book!

I LOVED this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Need Their Own Book!  I immediately thought of Drew from The Sea of Tranquility. Hello, Katja Millay!!! Are you listening?!?  I also think Vincent, Roman, and Carter from the Georgina Kincaid series need their own books. Here are some of others’ picks!

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This is my absolute favorite post this week.  Tiffany from About to Read went to San Francisco with her husband and went to Lola and Cricket’s neighborhood.  They even found the all the places named after Delores, Lola’s real name.  How cool is this?  She even made a video to go along with her blog post. You can watch it here.

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A few blogs have excerpts from Amy Harmon’s upcoming novel, The Law of Moses! Check them out!

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Universal Options Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman

via Page to Premiere

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Why I Like Unlikable Characters!

YES!!!! Novel Sounds wrote this great post on liking unlikable characters. I talked about this before in one of my Sunday Morning Book Chats. Some of my favorite book characters are very unlikable (Leah from Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher and Senna by Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher).  I don’t need to like them as people, but I do need to understand them as characters.

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What’s your book pet peeve?

For some it’s annoying heroines, other it’s cheating.  What is your book pet peeve?  Chelsea at New Kids With A Book talks about her book pet peeve!


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* Click on the links to check out some of the cover reveals you may have missed! *

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Reviews I enjoyed reading!

Loving You Always by Kennedy Ryan

LOVING YOU ALWAYS by Kennedy Ryan — 5 stars
Reviewed by Jesey from Schmexy Girl Book Blog

“This book took some turns that I didn’t expect.  I laughed, I screamed, and I cried.  The Bennett Series is a must read for me and I hope you have met Kerris, Cam and Walsh. “

The Duet by R.S. Grey

THE DUET by R.S. Grey — 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Vilma’s Book Blog

“I loved the sassy, sweet and unapologetically girly heroine, Brooklyn Heart. And I fell for the talented, brooding, enigmatic Jason Monroe. Their love story was a perfect mismatch… two opposites that somehow worked together just perfectly.”

Flawed by Francette Phal

FLAWED by Francette Phaal — 5 stars
Reviewed by Dawn from Up All Night Book Blog

“What do you get when you have a psycho serial killer, a prostitute, and a Russian Crime family?? One seriously deranged, sinister yet poetic tale from the dark side. This is the story of those we choose not to see, we turn our heads and pretend they don’t exist but I can assure you such depravity does exist.”

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

SCORING WILDER by R.S. Grey — 5 stars
Reviewed by Katie’s Book Blog

“I’m quite obsessed with new adult novels lately.  I don’t know what it is about them but they grab my interest much more than other books.  Scoring Wilder was no exception.  I was hooked from the first page and I read the 400+ page book in one day!”

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

THE TEA ROSE by Jennifer Donnelly — Backstage Pass
Reviewed by Belle of the Literati

“Holy angst, Batman. This book needs to come with a warning: Massive Feels Ahead, Read At Your Own Risk. Ugggggh, you guys! Joe and Fiona are just freaking amazing! They are so comfortable with one another, they love each other so incredibly much, and they’re freaking adorable!!!”

Laces and Lace by Toni Aleo

LACES AND LACE by Toni Aleo — 5 stars
Reviewed by Three Chicks and Their Books

“Ok Ladies, here is the scoop.  Toni Aleo is either two people 1) Shea Weber in a woman’s body or  2)  from outer space.  She says she not either, but I haven’t seen anything to sway my mind.  I have said it time and time again that no one, not one person writes hockey romances like this lady, and I know, I’m Canadian!”

Wild by Sophie Jordan

WILD (The Ivy Chronicles #3) by Sophie Jordan — 5 stars
Reviewed by Rachel from Fiktshun

“WILD is an absolute must read third installment in Sophie Jordan’s Ivy Chronicles. It’s incredibly sexy and totally romantic. The chemistry between Georgia and Logan sizzles. The tension between them is palpable. Theirs is a love story that readers will be hoping ends happily from the very first kiss. It’s an addictive story that they won’t be able to get enough of.”

Love, in Spanish by Karina Halle

LOVE, IN SPANISH by Karina Halle — 5 stars
Reviewed by Liis’ Bookshelf

“My reading tastes are all over the place, but there is nothing I love more than an author who can write real, flawed, insecure people, in an honest voice that conveys the brutal reality that sometimes is life. Love, in Spanish is not for the faint of heart who are looking for a Hallmark movie of the week in a book. It has you on edge. It has you hating reality. And it has you never giving up hope, even in the midst of utter despair. Ms. Halle – please don’t ever write about rainbows.”

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Reviewed by Vilma’s Book Blog

“Unexpected, twisty plot turns that made my pulse race. A love story rife with yearning and impossibility and danger. A question… amillion questions… that begged to be answered in this final installment.”

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by LIz Czukas

TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS by Liz Czukas — 4 stars
Reviewed by Reading Lark

“Overall, this was a fun and quick read. I really enjoyed that this was a holiday story, but it is one that didn’t have that snowflakes and mistletoe feel to it. I love those sorts of holiday stories as well, but this is more about the characters and the mystery than about the time of year.”

How I Fall by Anne Eliot

HOW I FALL by Anne Eliot — 5 stars
Reviewed by Have Book Will Read

“I think I’ve highlighted at least half of the book! It is a truly fantastic story that’s full of wonderful moments, loveable characters and epitomizes everything I love about YA books. Anne Eliot weaves a heart-warming tale of two young adults finding their feet, finding love, forging friendships and standing up for themselves.”

Slow Dance in Purgatory by Amy Harmon

SLOW DANCE IN PURGATORY by Amy Harmon – 4 stars
Reviewed by Ana from The Book Hookup

” He’s handsome and swoony and all the girls like him. Or, at least they did when he was alive. Yes, that’s right, he died 50 years ago and now he’s a ghost. Ok, I know what you’re thinking…that this is too strange. But hear me out, trust me, it works. “

A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers

A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers — Reserved Seating
Reviewed by Belle of the Literati

“There is no way I can tell you the plot twist or what happens the last 70% of the book because it is such a shocker and I had no idea the plot was going to go this way and I LOVED it. It was so unbelievable but in a good way.”

The Book of Ivy

THE BOOK OF IVY by Amy Engel — 5 stars
Reviewed by Mostly YA Book Obsessed

” Ivy has to play the part in order to gain his trust, but the more time they spend together, the more Ivy realizes that Bishop isn’t a bad guy. He really does care for her and he was so damn sweet, I was swooning over him every time! Guys, this is how you gain a girl’s love: bringing her strawberries because they are her favorite fruit, making her dinner almost every day, cleaning up around their house, and other little but important touches that melted Ivy’s (and mine) heart.”

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Share the link to some of your favorite posts in the comments!


Last week I did the 20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me Tag in my Sunday Morning Book Chat Video (watch here).  Several of my blog friends did the tag this past week.  I linked to them below.

The To-Be-Read TAG

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